The African Mango Supplements which are manufactured and sold today come from a wild mango tree called Irvingia Gabonensis. The fruit commonly referred to as the dikka nut, bush mango, wild mango and scientifically as. While the African Mango pulp itself is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is the extract from the seed that claims to have weight loss and fat burning properties. Is it as effective as they say it is? Clinical studies published in 2005 and 2009 involving the effectivity of the African Mango extract says that the effect is positive.
The Clinical Study Published in 2005
In a study published in Lipids in Health and Disease, which aims to evaluate the efficacy of irvingia gabonesis in the management of obesity, 40 obese subjects were tested for four weeks. They were separated in groups and one was given 3.15 grams of Irvingia Gabonensis and the other was given oat bran combined with a low fat diet. All consumed a controlled diet of about 1800 calories a day. The group that had the IG supplements lost about 5.6 per cent of body weight. Those in the placebo group lost only 1 per cent of their body weight.
What this study demonstrates it that even with a healthy diet, the body can only lose so much but with the aid of the African Mango supplement or IG, the body makes more progress towards weight loss.
The Clinical Study Published in 2009
The next study was more specific to extract IGOB131 and its effect on obese individuals. It was published online in March 2009. The study aims to evaluate the effects of IGOB131 (an extract from the seed of the African mango) on body weight and associated metabolic parameters in overweight human subjects.
It was a study of 102 male and female overweight but otherwise healthy participants over a ten week period. One group was given 300 mg of irvingia gabonesis or African Mango at a dose of 150mg twice daily about 30 to 60 minutes before meals. The other group was given placebo and lost only a pound. The supplemented group however lost 28 pounds.
Aside from weight loss, there was also a decrease in body fat and waist circumference. Bioelectric impedance analysis was used to determine body fat. LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, blood glucose and C-reactive protein were also lowered.
By the end of the study, researchers concluded that the African Mango has positive weight loss effect and it also helps in lowering risk of heart attack and management of blood glucose levels. It is imperative though that consumers purchase the supplements from reliable sources.